A Mineral Gray BMW 328i With VMR Wheels

The BMW F31 Sports Wagon doesn’t get the attention it deserves on this side of the pond. The touring combines utility and dynamic driving experience in a single package. It also allows for great comfort and offers a nice amount of space for its...

The BMW F31 Sports Wagon doesn’t get the attention it deserves on this side of the pond. The touring combines utility and dynamic driving experience in a single package. It also allows for great comfort and offers a nice amount of space for its users. But, the one thing the sports wagon is not known for is tuning builds. This BMW 328i gets a mild exterior upgrade with the installation of a new set of VMR V810 wheels. These come with a Hyper Silver finish. Sizes are 19 inches front and rear, suiting the family wagon rather well.

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The BMW 328i Sports Wagon is powered by a 2.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine delivering 240 horsepower. The vehicle can sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 5.8 seconds, making it one of the faster family carriers out there. It can accelerate all the way to its electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h). Not that you’ll ever need it, but its nice to know it can go fast.  Check out the full build media gallery below.

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BMW M2 Coupes Ripping Around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Video)

Video of BMW M2 ripping laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. ...

Video of BMW M2 ripping laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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BMW M2 Transformed into MotoGP Safety Car

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White-on-gold dreams.

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See it in action – BMW M2 wit M Performance Parts on the race track

BMW takes the new M2 with M Performance Parts to the race track. Just yesterday, the M2 and its M Performance Parts line made its world debut with just a month before the market launch. The M Performance Parts product portfolio features a particularl...

BMW takes the new M2 with M Performance Parts to the race track. Just yesterday, the M2 and its M Performance Parts line made its world debut with just a month before the market launch. The M Performance Parts product portfolio features a particularly extensive range of aerodynamic components made of carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP or carbon fiber). These include front and side sill attachments, rear diffuser and mirror caps that have been aerodynamically optimized.

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The BMW M2 Coupe can be fitted with the BMW M Performance coil-spring suspension so as to optimize road holding and handling. This reduces ground clearance by at least five millimeters as compared to the standard suspension. And the coil-spring technology can be used to lower the vehicle by an additional 20 millimeters. What is more, the shock absorbers can be adjusted to 16 levels in the rebound stage and 12 in the compression stage.

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The BMW M Performance sports brake pads offer increased suitability for the race track as well as enhanced active safety. To learn more about the BMW M2 M Performance Parts, visit this page. The article See it in action – BMW M2 wit M Performance Parts on the race track appeared first on BMW BLOG

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EV Charge Ports: The Quest For The Ultimate Location

Over the past six years I’ve interviewed and had discussions with electric vehicle product managers from just about every company selling EVs today, and a few that will be selling EVs in the near future. One of the more interesting topics IR...

Over the past six years I’ve interviewed and had discussions with electric vehicle product managers from just about every company selling EVs today, and a few that will be selling EVs in the near future. One of the more interesting topics I’ve found has been the subject of where they’ve decided to locate the charge port, and how they came to that decision. For example, last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, I sat down with Daimler’s manager of electric motors and power electronics, Franz Neitfeld to discuss Daimler’s current plug in Hybrid offerings, and where they are going in the future.

Like all of GM's plug in vehicles, the charge port on the upcoming Chevy Bolt is located on the front left side of the vehicle. Did GM get this right?

Like all of GM’s plug in vehicles, the charge port on the upcoming Chevy Bolt is located on the front left side of the vehicle. Did GM get this right? When I brought up the topic of the unusual charge port location that Mercedes is using on all of their PHEVs, he told me they gave this much consideration, and after doing so they decided the right corner of the rear bumper was the ideal location. He went on to explain that the majority of the cars they sell are to left hand drive markets, and when a driver of a left hand drive car pulls into the garage they usually leave more room to the right side of the vehicle, so as to make sure they don’t hit anything on that side as they pull in. So they concluded the placement of the EVSE would be best on the right side wall of the garage, where the customer can easily plug in. Also, by placing the charge port there, the customer would be able to walk back around the car and into the house without the cable being in their way. I think the assumption that most Mercedes owners have a private garage for their cars, since it is a premium brand, played a role in this decision making.

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The entire line of Mercedes PHEVs have the charge port located on the right corner of the rear bumper That’s the first time I’ve heard anyone give me that reasoning for their charge port location. Clearly, there really is no consensus among the OEMs as to where the best place is, with just about everyone finding their own unique place, with their own unique reasoning for why they placed it there. This can’t be the best practice. There has to be a location which suits the majority of the people who drive EVs better than the other locations, right?

All of Ford's electric vehicles, whether pure BEV or PHEV, have their charge ports on the front left side of the car

All of Ford’s electric vehicles, whether pure BEV or PHEV, have their charge ports on the front left side of the car A few years ago Ford announced that they had researched this topic and after an extensive study, they decided the front, left side of the vehicle was indeed the ideal place. At the time, Susan Curry, Ford Electrified Vehicle Technology Integration supervisor said: After benchmarking multiple competitive vehicles, we found there wasn’t much consistency in charge port location. We wanted to give customers a location that made the most sense for them and would seem as simple as filling up at the gas station.” And Mary Smith, Ford Electrified Vehicle Technology Integration supervisor said, “The left front fender location keeps the charge port in sight, before the customer enters or exits the car, for an easy reminder to unplug or recharge. It creates an intuitive placement for owners that also has aesthetic appeal. “It’s worth noting that GM also locates the charge ports of all their plug in offerings on the front left side of the vehicle.”

BMW decided to locate the charge port of the i3 on the rear right side of the vehicle

BMW decided to locate the charge port of the i3 on the rear right side of the vehicle For the i3, BMW’s first all electric vehicle, the charge port was positioned on the rear, right side of the vehicle. I asked BMW product managers about this at the vehicle launch ceremony in 2013 and was told that there were two main reasons for the positioning. First, this location made the most sense because the car will be sold all over the world, and in many European countries curbside charging would require the port to be on the left side of the vehicle. It would be too expensive to have different carbon fiber passenger cells made to accommodate different charge port locations so they needed one location for all i3s made. Secondly, having the charge port in the rear of the vehicle, close to the power electronics, meant weight and cost savings. During the development process, i3 engineers would fight to cut every gram of weight they could, and having a three foot long high voltage cable instead of one that was eight feet long made the decision easy. However the charge ports of BMW plug in hybrids are located on the front left side of the vehicle, as they are on Ford and GM vehicles.

Nissan & Audi chose the front of the vehicle for their charge ports

Nissan & Audi chose the front of the vehicle for their charge ports Other OEMs like Nissan and Audi decided to go front and center, using the center of the front bumper and grill for their charge ports. Initially I was concerned that even a minor bump on the front end would result in a disabled charge port, requiring the vehicle to be immediately serviced. However that hasn’t been much of a problem for the Nissan LEAF, the world’s best selling pure electric car, so I guess my concerns were unwarranted.

Tesla uses the left rear of the vehicle for their charge ports

Tesla uses the left rear of the vehicle for their charge ports Then there’s Tesla. All of Tesla’s cars have their charge ports on the rear left side of the vehicle. The Roadster’s charge port is right behind the driver’s side door, but the Model S & Model X have their charge ports integrated into the rear tail light lens, where it wraps around the side of the car. It’s undoubtedly an elegant design, but it is the best place for it? Some Tesla owners say it isn’t, and it can make plugging in difficult on many public chargers, especially if they are in a parking lot that prohibits backing into the parking space. I realize the answer might be a little different for European drivers as compared to electric vehicle owners in the US, because unlike in Europe, the US has very few curbside public charging stations. Here in the US just about all public EVSEs are located in parking lots, not curbside on public streets. There’s also the fact that most countries which were once British colonies still have right hand drive so that would impact one’s preference. Still, I’d like to pose this question to everyone who has experience driving and charging an EV, and I’d appreciate it if you took a moment to answer the poll below. Once the polling is complete I plan to send the results to my industry contacts. [Source: bmwi3blogspot] The article EV Charge Ports: The Quest For The Ultimate Location appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Motorrad Enjoyed its Best January Ever

BMW Motorrad has achieved record sales in January of 2016. In fact, this past January saw a sales increase of nearly 20%, when compared with the same month in the previous year. However, in the U.S. sales were down nearly 32% in January of 2016, as w...

BMW Motorrad has achieved record sales in January of 2016. In fact, this past January saw a sales increase of nearly 20%, when compared with the same month in the previous year. However, in the U.S. sales were down nearly 32% in January of 2016, as we’ve already reported. These figures really show what a significant factor the weather was in the brand’s performance in the U.S., as they indicate how strong demand was internationally. It, too, indicates that the company’s strategic premium positioning and transition to a more emotional and aspirational lifestyle brand is paying off big.

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Almost 7,500 two-wheeled BMWs found a home during January of 2016, which represent the company’s best January ever. Dr. Ian Robertson, a member of the board of management for BMW as a whole, noted, “Despite many markets showing continuing volatility, we remain optimistic that this positive trend will continue through 2016, our company’s centenary year.” The article BMW Motorrad Enjoyed its Best January Ever appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: M Performance Parts Equipped BMW M2 on Track

Official video from BMW featuring the M2 Coupe with M Performance Parts being driven on the track. Some nice M Performance Exhaust noises inside! ...

Official video from BMW featuring the M2 Coupe with M Performance Parts being driven on the track. Some nice M Performance Exhaust noises inside!

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Tesla Model 3 priced at $35,000, could go down to $25,000

Well, it’s official. The Tesla Model 3 will be priced at $35,000 to start and, with government tax incentives, could get down to as low as $25,000. Much of these incentives vary by state, with Colorado giving an additional $6,000 and California...

Well, it’s official. The Tesla Model 3 will be priced at $35,000 to start and, with government tax incentives, could get down to as low as $25,000. Much of these incentives vary by state, with Colorado giving an additional $6,000 and California giving $2,500 , but the federal incentive across the board will be $7,500. So, while the $35,000 starting price is already pretty low, it could get even lower, which would put the Model 3 in prime 3 Series-fighting territory. Now, there are now official specs or information of any kind, other than price, about the Model 3. According to Tesla, more information will be coming out in March and will give us quite a good look as to what the Model 3 will be like. Tesla also says that, unlike the Model X SUV, the Model 3 is on schedule and will be available to customers on time. But Tesla does have a bit of an issue with the Model 3 and it’s exactly what Tesla is boasting as it’s greatest strength. It’s price.

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The $35,000 price range for the Tesla Model 3 is very good and competitive with BMW’s 3 Series. But, without knowing what sort of specs, power, range, equipment or luxury, we can’t actually claim that it’s a good deal. If we assume that it will just be a smaller Model S for that money, then great. But you know what happens when we assume. But we don’t know what it’s going to be like yet and we don’t know what kind of range it will have. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say it has a 200 mile-plus range, just like the Model S, and it starts at $35,000 for a well equipped car. It still has an issue. See, those government incentives that knock the Model 3 into the mid-to-high $20,000 range don’t last forever. In fact, they only last for the first 200,000 EVs sold for each manufacturer. Tesla is almost already at that number and should reach it before the Model 3’s release, especially if it’s late, which it’s likely to be, as Tesla’s track record for punctuality isn’t very good. In fact, it’s horrid, as Tesla has yet to release a car even close to on time. So if the Model 3 gets delayed, it will almost certainly miss out on the government tax incentives that make it so attractive.

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200 Mile Chevy Bolt However, even if it does miss out on those incentives, $35,000 is still a great price for such a good EV right? Yes, it’s excellent now but maybe not when it finally debuts. See, General Motors is currently in the process of releasing its Chevy Bolt EV that boasts a 200-plus mile range also and the Bolt is set to start at $30,000 before any incentives. Seeing as GM hasn’t sold nearly as many EVs as Tesla has, GM’s incentives are likely to last longer, bringing the Bolt’s already cheaper price tag even further down. So the Model 3 is going to have to be one helluva EV to compete with that kind of pricing. Especially with GM’s broader dealer network, far superior availability, better warranty system and superior reliability for a car that’s supposed to be quite good. Plus, with the Model 3 in the price range of the BMW 3 Series, America’s favorite luxury car, it’s going to have some incredibly steep competition, especially with the BMW 330e on its way.

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Now we’re not saying that the Model 3 will be a disaster or even a bad car. In fact, we’re quite anxious to see what it’s going to be. However, we are saying that it’s price tag, that Tesla is boasting so proudly, might not be the feather in its cap that it thinks it is. Tesla is going to have to deliver big with the Model 3 or it’s going to have the same disappointing launch as the Model X and that’s something Tesla cannot afford to have happen. It’s stock has already fallen dramatically with the terrible launch of the Model X that has most customers complaining, if they even have their car yet. So the Model 3 needs to be Tesla’s savior and its competition is already in a good position to make that very difficult. [Source: Bloomburg] The article Tesla Model 3 priced at $35,000, could go down to $25,000 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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These are the BMW M2 that will be flogged at Laguna Seca Press Launch

The North American press launch of the BMW M2 takes place this week and here’s a first look at the fleet that BMW has brought out for us to flog and ogle! ...

The North American press launch of the BMW M2 takes place this week and here’s a first look at the fleet that BMW has brought out for us to flog and ogle!

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Tesla Model 3 priced at $35,000, could go down to $25,000

Well, it’s official. The Tesla Model 3 will be priced at $35,000 to start and, with government tax incentives, could get down to as low as $25,000. Much of these incentives vary by state, with Colorado giving an additional $6,000 and California...

Well, it’s official. The Tesla Model 3 will be priced at $35,000 to start and, with government tax incentives, could get down to as low as $25,000. Much of these incentives vary by state, with Colorado giving an additional $6,000 and California giving $2,500 , but the federal incentive across the board will be $7,500. So, while the $35,000 starting price is already pretty low, it could get even lower, which would put the Model 3 in prime 3 Series-fighting territory. Now, there are now official specs or information of any kind, other than price, about the Model 3. According to Tesla, more information will be coming out in March and will give us quite a good look as to what the Model 3 will be like. Tesla also says that, unlike the Model X SUV, the Model 3 is on schedule and will be available to customers on time. But Tesla does have a bit of an issue with the Model 3 and it’s exactly what Tesla is boasting as it’s greatest strength. It’s price.

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The $35,000 price range for the Tesla Model 3 is very good and competitive with BMW’s 3 Series. But, without knowing what sort of specs, power, range, equipment or luxury, we can’t actually claim that it’s a good deal. If we assume that it will just be a smaller Model S for that money, then great. But you know what happens when we assume. But we don’t know what it’s going to be like yet and we don’t know what kind of range it will have. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say it has a 200 mile-plus range, just like the Model S, and it starts at $35,000 for a well equipped car. It still has an issue. See, those government incentives that knock the Model 3 into the mid-to-high $20,000 range don’t last forever. In fact, they only last for the first 200,000 EVs sold for each manufacturer. Tesla is almost already at that number and should reach it before the Model 3’s release, especially if it’s late, which it’s likely to be, as Tesla’s track record for punctuality isn’t very good. In fact, it’s horrid, as Tesla has yet to release a car even close to on time. So if the Model 3 gets delayed, it will almost certainly miss out on the government tax incentives that make it so attractive.

200 Mile Chevy Bolt

200 Mile Chevy Bolt However, even if it does miss out on those incentives, $35,000 is still a great price for such a good EV right? Yes, it’s excellent now but maybe not when it finally debuts. See, General Motors is currently in the process of releasing its Chevy Bolt EV that boasts a 200-plus mile range also and the Bolt is set to start at $30,000 before any incentives. Seeing as GM hasn’t sold nearly as many EVs as Tesla has, GM’s incentives are likely to last longer, bringing the Bolt’s already cheaper price tag even further down. So the Model 3 is going to have to be one helluva EV to compete with that kind of pricing. Especially with GM’s broader dealer network, far superior availability, better warranty system and superior reliability for a car that’s supposed to be quite good. Plus, with the Model 3 in the price range of the BMW 3 Series, America’s favorite luxury car, it’s going to have some incredibly steep competition, especially with the BMW 330e on its way.

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Now we’re not saying that the Model 3 will be a disaster or even a bad car. In fact, we’re quite anxious to see what it’s going to be. However, we are saying that it’s price tag, that Tesla is boasting so proudly, might not be the feather in its cap that it thinks it is. Tesla is going to have to deliver big with the Model 3 or it’s going to have the same disappointing launch as the Model X and that’s something Tesla cannot afford to have happen. It’s stock has already fallen dramatically with the terrible launch of the Model X that has most customers complaining, if they even have their car yet. So the Model 3 needs to be Tesla’s savior and its competition is already in a good position to make that very difficult. [Source: Bloomburg] The article Tesla Model 3 priced at $35,000, could go down to $25,000 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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